Solskjaer had talked up his side’s improvement after defeat at Anfield on Sunday, but they failed to live up to that praise as they suffered an embarrassing defeat in front of a crowd that was filled with frustration from the few fans remaining at full time.
Chris Wood’s 10th goal of the season put Burnley ahead and a thunderbolt from Jay Rodriguez almost broke the crossbar and certainly broke United’s spirit to seal the points.
Solskjaer’s side were guilty of missing a couple of guilt-edged chances early in the first half, with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata the major culprits as they couldn’t hit the target from close range, and things did not improve during a dull second half.
It was a massive missed opportunity for United, who someone still occupy fifth place, to close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea and instead they were joined by Tottenham on 34 points from 24 games – their worst tally for 30 years.
More worrying for the United fans who streamed out of Old Trafford ten minutes before the end is the fact that their side no lay 30 points behind league leaders Liverpool after lurching into another crisis.
United are 11 points worse off than at this stage last season, and Solskjaer will be facing more big questions about his future as he’s now lost more Premier League games than he’s won as permanent manager with his squad valued at around £600m.
For their part, Burnley have weathered a mini storm by beating both Leicester and now Manchester United to move up into 13th in the table and just four points behind the Red Devils in the Premier League.
Manchester United 0-2 Burnley – Opta stats
- Burnley ended a run of 15 away league matches without a win against Manchester United, tasting victory for the first time since a 5-2 win in September 1962.
- Since Ole Gunnar Solskjær was made permanent manager in March, Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (12) than they have won (11).
- Manchester United suffered consecutive Premier League defeats for only the second time under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, losing back to back games for the first time since April 2019.
- Burnley manager Sean Dyche has now beaten 27 of the 29 teams he has faced in the Premier League, failing only against Arsenal (9 games) and Sheffield United (1).
- Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Burnley striker Chris Wood is one of only 12 players to have scored 30+ Premier League goals (30 in total).
- Three of the last seven occasions Manchester United have trailed by at least two goals in a home Premier League game have been against Burnley (also December 2017 and January 2019).
- Chris Wood’s goal in the 39th minute was Burnley’s first goal in the first half of a Premier League game since November, when they scored twice against West Ham.
- Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez has scored in three of his five away Premier League appearances against Manchester United at Old Trafford, netting three goals. Rodriguez is only the second player to score away at Old Trafford with three different teams (Southampton, West Brom, Burnley), along with Darren Bent, who scored there with four teams (Spurs, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham).